These books were destined for the movies

By EW Staff
Updated February 16, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

GHOST SOLDIERS Hampton Sides (Doubleday, $24.95, on sale May 20) Universal Pictures optioned rights to Sides’ World War II saga about an elite team of U.S. soldiers sent to liberate a prison camp in the Philippines.

BUMP & RUN Mike Lupica (Putnam, $24.95) The New York Daily News columnist sold film rights to his novel, a satire about the business of pro football, to Universal Pictures.

JOE COLLEGE Tom Perrotta (St. Martin’s, $23.95) Bona Fide Productions, which produced Perrotta’s novel Election, has optioned his sweetly cynical story about an everyday college joe.

SHOT IN THE HEART Mikal Gilmore (Anchor, $14.95) HBO Films has greenlit a tele-pic of Gilmore’s memoir about the 1977 execution of his brother Gary. Agnieszka Holland (Europa, Europa) will direct.